Here's my pick to date - and this is just harvested from one thread from one show forum:
"I have just had a call saying that there is going to be a rolling road block using 100 coaches for the duration of Crufts. This is every day so please be aware that you may take longer getting into Crufts than you think. They are going to try and stop people coming off at that junction"
On the protesters:
"Let's face it, Thursday they'll probably be signing on or cashing their giro, Friday they'll be recovering from their drug induced haze that they got into spending their benefits, so they'll probably only be there on Saturday and Sunday, but only if they can be bothered to get of their sorry ar**s out of their squats and can hitch hike to the NEC (if they can work out where it is). Its a shame there are no by-passes being built so they can go and protest there instead. Sorry, I'm probably being flippant, but I for one am not going to let them spoil my day. Be vigilant and remember, there's more of us then them! I agree the best way of dealing with them is ignoring them, but any threats or harm to any of my dogs or family and they'll be supping their mung beans through a tube! "What's the strangest Crufts rumour you've spotted so far? Please do post me any other outbreaks of paranoia as you spot them.
"best of luck to all of you, i really hope your all going in to the halls in groups as i suspect they will pick on individuals. also if they did do something to one of the dogs someone can get to the vet while another person stays and calls the police."
"I did hear the protest is starting a 10 am so we will all be inside by then."
"What utter madness and they are supposed to represent dog lovers? I will be sitting in my van with the phone handy waiting for the nutters then. Wonder how long it will be before they try anything?
Have to say that do gooders rocked my van and banged on the sides of it when I was at a champ show a year ago just to prove there were dogs in it. They didn't realise I was in it too. When I opened the door they high tailed it."
"i have dealt with these types for a number of years both on a professional basis (as a press photographer) and on a personnal basis(hunting and antis) and have had differing levels of success in dealing with them. If you can ignore them and keep walking thats usually best as they really WANT to wind you up and geta reaction, for their invevitable video that will be running.They will be well trained in how to stand back and let you get into trouble, so dont get wound up by them. However a viable alternative, as they come towards you, is to say very loudly and positivley "if you continue to threaten me and try and intimidate me, i will call the police. Please stop threatening me and stop intimidating me"....anything along these lines (even if they are doing nothing atall ) works a treat as it makes it very hard for them to use the evidence in court should a court case occur and it also makes it hard for them to release the video to the press as it looks like they are acting in a threatening manner. "
"Is that stuff you spray at an attacker and it makes them orange legal??????????? If you see an orange protester than I got that one hehehehehe "
In the words of Michael Winner (almost), "Calm down madam, it's only a dog show!"
Just had a comment on this blog asking what I am trying to achieve. I guess what I'm hoping for is that people will start calming down and seeing how ridiculous all this is.
Both sides in this debate love dogs and imagining that those who want health reform want to do their dogs harm is obviously illogical. But the more people scare each other the easier it is to believe in bogeymen.